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Now displaying: May, 2016
May 25, 2016

REMINDER: AWT News Update will be on vacation between 5/26 and 6/6/16, returning on June 7.

A few stories for today:

  • Apple's hopes in India are dashed by some government bureaucrats who decided that the company would not be given an exemption to a local-sourcing rule
  • Foxconn managed to reduce workforce by 60,000 people at one plant in Kunshan, China. How? It gave their jobs to robots
  • A fantastic piece by Brian Roemmele over on Medium points out that a new and improved Siri may be just about ready to debut
May 24, 2016

Just a reminder that the AWT News Update will be on hiatus between May 26 and June 6, returning June 7. Today's news includes stories about a Siri SDK, a beta release, the Apple Watch hurting sales of Swiss Watches, an addition to the search capabilities of the 4th-generation Apple TV, and more!

  • A Siri SDK is expected to be announced at WWDC in June
  • The beta of iOS 9.3.3 has been made available to public beta testers today
  • Swiss watchmakers record a second straight month of double-digit declines in sales
  • More fun with the Apple TV, now with search power for NBC shows
  • Apple closes at $97.90 
May 23, 2016

New ways to control your home lighting, the never-ending Facebook livestream, and more iPhone 7 rumors:

  • Philips ships its HomeKit-compatible White Ambiance bulbs and starter kits
  • Facebook Live Video adds a new API that provides endless livestreaming
  • New rumors based on what appear to be molds for the new iPhones show that the dual-camera arrangement will only happen with the iPhone 7 Plus
  • Apple share prices rebound on good financial news
May 20, 2016

A slow Apple news day means it's time for a few rumors:

  • The dual-lens camera system targeted for the iPhone 7 Plus is having production issues due to earthquake damage at a Sony facility
  • BMW may finally bring CarPlay support to the X5M and X6M series this year, along with the popular 3 series
  • Apple shares rebounded after last week's pummeling
May 19, 2016

In today's Apple World Today News Update:

  • The new San Francisco flagship Apple Store opened to the press today, and it's quite impressive
  • Guess what presidential candidate who called for a boycott of Apple in February owns stock in the company?
  • Apple may be able to successfully appeal a Chinese company's appropriation of the iPhone trademark in the country
  • Here's a switch - the makers of the new Angry Birds movie are asking you to turn your phone on during the end credits
May 18, 2016

In today's AWT News Update, a familiar voice may soon be on Mac, an Apple Watch rival will be trying to bring contactless payment to its product line, and former mobile phone brand giant is resurrected:

  • Siri for Mac is leaked in screenshots
  • Fitbit buys coin in hopes of adding Apple Pay-like payments to its devices
  • Microsoft sells off the Nokia feature phone division, and Foxconn and a Finnish startup hope to revive the Nokia brand.  
May 17, 2016

Today's AWT News Update brings you news from the world of Apple!

  • The iOS 9.3.2 update is bricking some iPad Pros
  • Apple's apparently hiring a number of people with expertise in wireless charging
  • Foxconn and Pegatron are hiring iPhone assembly workers earlier than usual this year
  • Free the FM!
May 16, 2016

Tweets, stores, VR, and Spaces are all in our Apple news report today:

  • Bloomberg says Twitter's not going to count photos and links in the character count
  • Apple's new Union Square flagship store in San Francisco opens on Saturday
  • The new YouTube app for iOS makes every YouTube video visible in Google Cardboard VR
  • Google releases Spaces, a new small group sharing app
May 13, 2016

Ahhh, another slow news Friday for Apple! What happened on this Friday the 13th? Lots of stuff with cars...

  • You can buy a rather expensive 9-inch CarPlay display for 2011 and newer Jeep Wranglers from Alpine
  • If you own certain models of Kia automobiles that have a built in UVO 3 infotainment system, you'll get CarPlay for free later this year
  • Apple's Wallet app may become much more useful soon, as the UK's DVLA is prototyping a digital driver's license that uses the Wallet

 

May 12, 2016

A trio of fun and/or interesting stories for the day:

  • Apple Music isn't deleting your music... but iTunes 12.3.3 might be!
  • Amazon has Echo, Apple has Siri devices, and Google's now working on a hardware device codenamed "Chirp"
  • Have old Apple devices that work? You can make a bundle selling them on eBay
May 11, 2016

iPhone 8 rumors, translator updates, a new Apple Store in a historic building, and crazy App Store statistics - they're all part of today's Apple news:

  • Apple is looking at the historic Tower Theatre in LA as the location for a new Apple Store
  • Just 1% of the monetized apps in the iOS App Store account for 94% of the revenue generated
  • Daring Fireball's John Gruber says the 2017 iPhone will look radically different
  • Google Translator can now be used to translate text offline
May 10, 2016

Here's what's new in the world of Apple:

  • The iWork apps for iOS and OS X (Pages, Numbers and Keynote) were updated today
  • Canadian banks are now getting on board with Apple Pay
  • WWDC 2016 scholarship recipients are being notified
  • Apple shareholders of record as of yesterday will be paid a dividend of $0.57 per share on Thursday
  • Changes to the Apple News format for publishers bring channel art, support for older stories, and Map and Place components
May 9, 2016

A healthy dose of Apple news for you today, coming from all around the world of Apple:

  • The FCC and FTC are asking mobile carriers and smartphone/tablet manufacturers to provide info on how they handle fixes to vulnerabilities
  • The Opera Web Browser for iOS has been updated with its own free VPN
  • Periscope will soon save broadcasts indefinitely and allow drone broadcasting
  • A group of top podcasters recently met with Apple...to voice complaints
May 6, 2016

It's Friday again, with a quartet of news -- and rumor -- items from the world of Apple:

  • Clothier True Religion is rolling out Apple Watches to store sales associates
  • Now a Japanese Apple site is saying that the iPhone 7 will not have a Smart Connector, so basically they're saying nobody has any clue. We agree.
  • Streaming music services like Apple Music have become the main source of revenue for Warner Music Group
  • Tim Cook is racking up the frequent flier miles in May, with trips to China and the Netherlands planned
May 5, 2016

It's a really short News Update today...

  • Women are buying more Apple Watches for themselves
  • Tim Cook's charity auction nets $515,000 for the RFK Center
  • Microsoft OneDrive users beware! You're about to start getting charged for that 15GB of space you were getting for free
May 4, 2016

In today's Apple news -- iPhone 7 popularity, a YouTube TV service, iOS must have IPv6, and a new official Twitter Mac app:

  • The iPhone 7 is months away, but a poll shows that interest in the new phone is high
  • Another company announces an impending live TV service -- YouTube
  • Developers need to make sure by June 1, 2016 that their iOS apps support IPv6-only networking
  • Twitter ships v4.1 of its official Mac app
May 3, 2016

Tuesday brings an ominous breeze from China, new banks for Apple Pay, CarPlay to the 2016 Hyundai Sonata, and a handful of new betas.

  • Apple must share the iPhone trademark with a Chinese leather good manufacturer, of all things
  • Think things were bad for Apple in Q2? Just wait, as the Chinese smartphone market is taking a hit
  • Apple Pay is joined by Moody National Bank of Texas as well as 19 other firms, and UK gets a prepaid card option
  • Have a 2016 Hyundai Sonata? Get a CarPlay update from your dealer
  • Betas of OS X, iOS and tvOS hit the streets
May 2, 2016

A variety of news bits for today from around the world of Apple,from Cupertino to Brazil:

  • Apple has added transit directions for Rio de Janeiro to theMaps app in anticipation of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games
  • Brazil puts Facebook's WhatsApp Messenger service on hold for72 hours as punishment for having good encryption
  • Hulu is apparently moving forward on a live TV streamingservice
  • New drone footage of Apple's Campus 2 shows construction isreally moving along for the planned early 2017 opening
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